Udinese finished 17th in Serie A in 2015/16 and only narrowly avoided relegation to Italy’s second tier of football, finishing a point above less fortunate Carpi.
And with Giuseppe Iachini keen to bolster his ranks for the new campaign, the club have today announced the capture of Manchester City youngster Fofana, as confirmed by the club’s official website.
The 21-year-old midfielder spent a successful season-long loan at Bastia last term but has failed to make the grade at the Etihad Stadium, not once being included in the first-team squad.
Of French nationality, the Paris-born youngster started his career at Lorient before moving to City in 2013/14. He played for Fulham on 21 occasions in the Championship the following season before adding further strings to his bow with Bastia most recently.
The former France youth international played 32 times in Ligue 1 in 2015/16, scoring one goal and creating 15 chances to help his side to a 12th-place finish.
Once billed as the next Yaya Toure for the Citizens, it was reported earlier this week that Queens Park Rangers and Watford were also interested in acquiring his services. The Hornets are owned by the son of Udinese chief Giampaolo Pozzo.
And although a transfer fee hasn’t been disclosed by either City or Udinese, the Manchester Evening News report that the figure could be around the £3.8m mark.